Macho acid-disco sleaze from Siren — the new project helmed by Metro Area’s Darshan Jesrani and Dennis ‘Citizen’ Kane. ‘Gauntlet’ pays an authentic homage to the more daring sound of the Skatt Bros/Boystown Gang and whole subcultural movement attributed to this. Includes an energetic remix from Ray Mang and a solid percussion section from Liquid Liquid’s Sal Principato.
Italy’s Luca Bacchetti turns in a remix here that deceptively lays a groundwork of sexy tribal house, before proceeding to redefine the term ‘epic’ with the twists and turns of a 10-minute journey that travels to the most euphoric moments of a progressive house party. A gorgeous melodic flourish sweeps the tune into an early crescendo, and it’s used by Bacchetti as a recurring musical motif, wafting away while he takes things deep, before it returns for an epic hands-in-the-air finale. A club record that’s grand, gentle and deep, all at the same time.
Exile production credit got me hyped for this and man, that guy never dissapoints — 'Fly Me to the Moon' is a stoned-immaculate warp of grain and grace, sun-kissed yet looking at distant grey storms, occassionally slipping into full-on dubbed-out moments of madness part-Radiophonic Workshop, part-Keith Hudson. Choosey to his credit knows he's landed in a peachy soundcouch and lounges out, never raising his voice, letting it slip and slide and just be part of the engrossing fuggy ambience. The last gasp of summer. Clasp it close.
Sunil Sharpe’s label delivers its best release to date. Whirling Hall of Knives is a collaboration between Magnetize and The Last Sound, and the title track is a big beast of a tune, its muscular bass lunging and lurching like a prize fighter against a wall of white noise. Ancient Methods delivers a fine, stomping, shredded metal version of ‘Comminute’, but the original material impresses most here; the broken beats of ‘Monopolific’ groan and teeter like a drunk on payday and ‘Scrap Assembly’ descends into oblique, industrial noise.